Over two thirds of all vehicles manufactured today come with air conditioning and climate control systems as standard.
Many drivers experience the benefits of air con in their car or van on a hot day but just like other parts of your car, the air-conditioning system also needs regular attention to ensure it continues to work efficiently and effectively.
You may not be aware that over 10% of air-con gas permeates from the air-con system every year, which means that it may not work as well as it should. A drop in gas pressure means a drop in air cooling ability, which will make your engine work harder - therefore your vehicle uses more fuel. If you allow the system to run low, the compressor has to work twice as hard and will then wear out in half the time.
This is why car manufacturers recommend your air-con system is recharged with gas and lubricant every 2 years. This service is not part of routine vehicle servicing, so if your vehicle is more than 2 years old it’s probably due an air-con recharge.
You might notice unwanted smells coming from your vehicles air conditioning system. This is because the same air is constantly circulating and it is highly likely there is a bacterial build up on the evaporator behind the dashboard. If you do notice unpleasant smells, it's time to have your air conditioning system checked. Such bacteria can cause allergic reactions-sneezes, coughs and sore throats.
You should run the air conditioning in your vehicle regularly. A fully effective air conditioning system will actually clear your windscreen more quickly in cold weather than the heater will. Regularly running the system will maintain its efficiency and ensures the rubber seals don't dry out and crack, potentially causing leaks and contrary to popular belief, it doesn't have much of an effect on your fuel consumption.
At ABC Tyres we check and recharge your air conditioning system, ensuring maximum efficiency for your comfort and to keep your vehicle in good working order.